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37:1  By the a ngels – arranged in rows,
37:2  who stop people from evil
37:3  and by those who recite the word
37:4  that your Lord is One,
37:5  Lord of the Heavens and the Earth and what is between them, the Lord of the Easts.
37:6  We have decorated the lower sky with the stars
37:7  and protected it from every disobedient devil.
37:8  They cannot eavesdrop on the higher assembly of angels, they will be attacked from all sides
37:9  and driven out. Theirs is everlasting punishment.
37:10  The snatcher of information is chased by a fiery comet
37:11  Ask: “Are they more difficult to create than the rest of the creation?” We created them from a sticky clay.
37:12  Are you surprised they mock,
37:13  if they are reminded they take no notice;
37:14  when they see a sign they poke fun at it,
37:15  saying, “This is magic;
37:16  when we are dead and become dust and bones will we
37:17  be raised to life with our forefathers?”
37:18  Say: “Yes, and you will be despised!
37:19  It will be a single blast as they look on terrified.
37:20  With regret they will say, “This is Judgement Day.”
37:21  Indeed, the Day of Decision that you denied.
37:22  The angels will be ordered: “Gather the wicked people, including their spouses and whatever they worshipped
37:23  beside Allah, and lead them on the path to the Blazing Fire.
37:24  Stop them for questioning,
37:25  why are you not helping each other today?
37:26  No, today is the Day that they submit fully.
37:27  They will confront each other, quarrelling.
37:28  “You overpowered us,”
37:29  they will reply, “No! You didn’t want to be believers;
37:30  we had no power over you, you were rebellious anyway.
37:31  Our Lord’s judgement against us is fair. We’ll taste the punishment.
37:32  We misguided you since we were misguided.”
37:33  That Day they will share the punishment;
37:34  that’s Our way of dealing with sinners.
37:35  The arrogant people, when they were asked to say: “There is no God but Allah,”
37:36  said, “Should we give up our gods for the sake of a mad poet?”
37:37  Nay, he came with the truth and confirmed the previous prophets.
37:38  Now taste the painful punishment.
37:39  You’ll be repaid fully for what you did
37:40  The sincere servants of Allah
37:41  will have plenty of provisions; fruits they were familiar with.
37:42  They shall be honoured
37:43  in Gardens of Delight,
37:44  sitting on comfortable sofas facing each other;
37:45  they shall be served drinks in cups filled from a flowing fountain,
37:46  white and delicious for the drinkers;
37:47  this wine won’t cause headache or confusion;
37:48  sitting with their spouses of modest gaze and lovely eyes;
37:49  like precious eggs, well-preserved
37:50  They will turn to one another asking questions;
37:51  one of them will ask, “I had a friend
37:52  who would ask me, ‘Do you really believe:
37:53  when we are dead and turned to dust and bones we shall be brought back for judgement?’
37:54  He will say, ‘Would you like to see him?’
37:55  So when he looked down, he saw him in the middle of the blazing Fire.
37:56  He said, ‘By Allah, you nearly ruined me;
37:57  hadn’t it been for the gift of my Lord, I would have been in Hell too.
37:58  Aren’t we to die except for our first death?
37:59  Shall we never suffer?’
37:60  This is a real victory.
37:61  Everyone should work for this
37:62  Is this better hospitality or the tree of Zaqqum?
37:63  We made this to chastise the wicked.
37:64  It is a tree that grows in the middle of Hell.
37:65  Its fruit is like the heads of Satan.
37:66  They will eat from it to fill their bellies,
37:67  then drink boiling water,
37:68  their home is Hell.
37:69  They found their forefathers misguided,
37:70  and thoughtlessly followed in their footsteps;
37:71  previously, most of them were misguided.
37:72  We sent many warners to them.
37:73  Look, what’s the fate of those who were warned;
37:74  only the sincere servants of Allah were saved
37:75  Remember when Nuh prayed to Us, so We responded graciously
37:76  and saved him and his followers from a terrible suffering.
37:77  We made his offspring continue in the world,
37:78  and we kept his praise in the future generations.
37:79  Peace be upon Nuh of all people.
37:80  This is how We reward the righteous.
37:81  He was our faithful servant.
37:82  The others We drowned
37:83  Ibrahim was from the same group;
37:84  he turned to his Lord with a heart free of evil.
37:85  He asked his father and people, “What do you worship
37:86  do you take false gods beside Allah?
37:87  What do you think about the Lord of the worlds?”
37:88  He looked at the stars
37:89  and said, “I’m sick.”
37:90  So people turned away and left him alone
37:91  So he quietly went to the temple full of idols and spoke with the idols: “Don’t you eat?
37:92  Why don’t you speak?”
37:93  He turned on them striking them with full force.
37:94  His people came to him hurriedly.
37:95  He said to them, “Why do you worship something you shape with your hands?
37:96  Allah created you and all you do.”
37:97  They decided: “Let’s make a pile of wood and throw him into a blazing fire.”
37:98  They plotted against him but We ruined their plot
37:99  He said, “I’m going to my Lord, He will guide me;
37:100  Lord, give me a pious son.”
37:101  So We gave good news of a son with strong character.
37:102  When he was old enough to work with him, one day he told him: “My son, I saw in a dream I’m sacrificing you; tell me what you think?” He replied, “Father, do as you were told; you’ll find me patient, Allah willing.”
37:103  When both submitted and Ibrahim laid him face down,
37:104  We called out: “Ibrahim
37:105  you have fulfilled the dream. This is how We reward the righteous.”
37:106  It was a clear test of faith.
37:107  We saved Ismael in exchange for a slaughtered ram,
37:108  and left his tribute among future generations.
37:109  Peace be on Ibrahim.
37:110  That’s how We reward the righteous,
37:111  he was Our faithful servant.
37:112  We later gave him good news of Ishaq, a righteous Prophet.
37:113  We blessed him and Ishaq; some of their children were righteous, others wrongdoers
37:114  We favoured Musa and Harun too;
37:115  We rescued them and their people from a dreadful suffering,
37:116  and helped them to become the winners.
37:117  We gave them the Book that explained things clearly,
37:118  We guided them on the straight path,
37:119  and left their praise among the future generations.
37:120  Peace be on Musa and Harun.
37:121  That’s how We reward the righteous,
37:122  Our faithful servants
37:123  Ilyas was also from the messengers.
37:124  He said to his people: “Won’t you believe?
37:125  How can you worship Baal and turn your back on the best Creator?
37:126  Isn’t Allah Your Lord and Lord of your forefathers?”
37:127  But they denied and will be brought before Us,
37:128  except for the devout servants of Allah.
37:129  We left his praise among the later generations.
37:130  Peace be on Ilyas.
37:131  That’s how We reward the righteous,
37:132  Our faithful servants
37:133  Similarly, Lut was Our messenger.
37:134  We saved him and all his followers
37:135  except the old lady who remained behind.
37:136  Then We destroyed all others.
37:137  Quraysh! You pass through their ruins in broad daylight,
37:138  and sometimes at night, don’t you understand
37:139  Yunus was also from the messengers.
37:140  When he fled on board the heavily-loaded ship,
37:141  they cast lots, he was the loser, thrown overboard.
37:142  A whale swallowed him, as he blamed himself.
37:143  Had he not been among those who glorify Allah,
37:144  he would have stayed in its belly till the Day of Resurrection.
37:145  Eventually, We flung him out, sick, on to an empty shore.
37:146  We caused a gourd tree to grow over to shade him,
37:147  and sent him back to one hundred thousand or more people.
37:148  They believed, so We allowed them to enjoy their lives fully.
37:149  So ask the disbelievers: “You assign daughters for your Lord and sons for yourself?
37:150  Were you witness when We created the angels?”
37:151  Beware! This is another of their concocted lies, they say,
37:152  “Allah has begotten;” they are liars.
37:153  Did He choose daughters over sons?
37:154  What has come over you that you judge in this way?
37:155  Do you not pay attention?
37:156  Or do you have evidence?
37:157  Bring your book if you are truthful.
37:158  They declare a relationship between Him and the jinn, and the jinn know they will be brought before him.
37:159  Glory be to Allah, He is far above what they imagine.
37:160  The true servants of Allah don’t do such things.
37:161  Neither you nor what you worship
37:162  can tempt anyone away from Allah
37:163  except him who will burn in the Blazing Fire
37:164  The angels will say, “each one of us has a role;
37:165  we are organised in ranks
37:166  and we glorify Allah.
37:167  The disbelievers used to say,
37:168  “If we had the Scripture like the past people,
37:169  we would have been like the devout servants of Allah.”
37:170  So they disbelieved the Quran; soon they will know
37:171  Our promise to the messengers, Our servants, was fulfilled;
37:172  they were helped
37:173  and our armies were the winners.
37:174  So leave them for a while.
37:175  Watch them, they will see the reality soon.
37:176  Do they want our punishment to come sooner?
37:177  When it comes into their courtyards it will be a terrible morning for those warned.
37:178  Leave them for a while
37:179  and watch, soon they will see the reality.
37:180  Glory be to Your Lord, Lord of Might and Power far above their claims.
37:181  And peace be on the Messengers
37:182  and all praises are for Allah, Lord of the worlds